Paul’s Example of Peter’s Instructions

In yesterday’s blog, I shared four truths related to Peter’s instruction given in 1 Peter 3:15-16. Again, Peter’s instruction was . . .

but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, ready at any time to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you. Yet do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that when you are accused, those who disparage your good conduct in Christ will be put to shame.

Today, I want to share with you some examples from history’s greatest witness as to how we should do this. Here again are the four principles followed by verses that give us Paul’s example.

We must have a complete and convictional acceptance of the Gospel ourselves.

  • 1 Timothy 1:15—“This saying is trustworthy and deserving full acceptance: ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’—and I am the worst of them.”

We must be prepared to give a Clear Explanation of the Gospel.

  • Acts 17:17—“So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with those who worshiped God, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there.”
  • Acts 18:4—“He reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath and tried to persuade both Jews and Greeks.”
  • Acts 18:19—“But he himself entered the synagogue and engaged in discussion with the Jews.”

We must use Credible Methods in sharing the good news about Jesus.

  • Ephesians 4:25—“Speak the truth in love”
  • 1 Corinthians 9:20-23—“… I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.”

We must validate our witness with Consistent Actions.

  • 1 Corinthians 9:24-27—“… but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”

Let’s go and do the same!